Frankish / Pair of Bird-Shaped Brooches / 550?600Frankish
Pair of Bird-Shaped Brooches

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Creator Nationality: European; Frankish
Creator Name-CRT: Frankish
Title: Pair of Bird-Shaped Brooches
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 550
Creation End Date: 600
Creation Date: 550?600
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gold sheet, cloisonné cells inset with garnets, glass, and pearl, garnets backed with patterned foil
Dimensions: Diam. 1 1/4 in. (3.3 cm)
Description: From the mid-fourth to the mid-sixth century, Frankish women generally wore pairs of small brooches, in an array of inventive shapes, to hold in place a light wrap that covered the upper part of the chest. Birds were a favorite form, though this pair stands out for the copious use of garnet and the refined shape.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.191.164-165
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.191.164-165
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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